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Nappy Waste Disposal

While most parents may claim their own children could go through hundreds of nappies a week, many different industries and businesses genuinely do. Putting together an effective plan for storage and nappy waste disposal is therefore essential to manage such sanitary waste safely and hygienically.

Any business that provides baby changing facilities for customers, staff, or anyone else using your bathrooms needs to ensure all nappy waste produced is stored, removed, collected, and disposed of properly. This prevents bad smells and poor hygiene standards developing, which puts human health at risk and presents a bad image for your business.

At Business Waste we can help with nappy waste disposal by providing the right bins, collections, and disposal for any type of organisation anywhere in the UK. Learn more about our nappy waste disposal service and how it can help your business. For a free quote call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online.

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Who needs a 
nappy collection service?

Many businesses need a nappy collection service to safely remove nappy waste from their workplace and customer bathrooms. Anywhere that offers baby changing facilities will produce nappy waste that needs storing in appropriate bins before removal. Some of the main industries and businesses that need nappy waste collections include:

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bins and bags

We can provide your organisation with a wide range of nappy waste bins and bags for safe storage before collection. These nappy disposal bins and bags ensure waste is kept separate from other rubbish streams and reduces the chance of releasing foul smells.

The right nappy disposal bin depends on the amount of waste produced regularly. Our experts can advise you on the best nappy disposal bags and bins to use, considering the type and size of business you run – as the likes of nurseries will generate much more nappy waste than public bathrooms in a shopping centre, for example.

Discover some of the main nappy waste bins and bags available for safe storage on your site before collection.

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  • Non-infectious clinical waste bags

    Yellow and black clinical waste bags can store various sanitary waste products, including nappies, wipes, and disposable garments. Their bold design means they’re easy to separate from commercial waste bags.

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  • 360 litre wheelie bins

    These are the largest two-wheel bins that can hold between five and six bags of waste – effective as secure nappy waste bins. Their size is ideal if you’re working with limited space.

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  • 660 litre wheelie bins

    Large four-wheel bins that can hold around 10 to 12 bags of waste – including nappy waste. They’re easy to move and lockable for safe storage, best for higher waste volumes or collections less often.

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How does nappy 
waste collection work?

  1. Select your free bins

    It’s quick and easy to organise commercial waste collection for your business.

    Simply start by telling us the:

    • Type of waste you need removing
    • Size of bins you require
    • Number of bins you want

    We’ll provide you with a free quote.

  2. Arrange delivery

    When you’re happy with the type, number, and size of free bins, tell us when you need your bins delivering.

    Let us know about any access issues where you want the bins delivering – such as locked gates, access codes and times. We’ll get you up and running in no time.

  3. Fill up your bin

    After the free bins arrive at your chosen location, fill them up with the agreed waste type.

    Make sure you remain within any weight limits for the specific waste type and bin size.

  4. Get your business waste collected

    We’ll arrange waste collection at a time and frequency to suit you and the amount of waste you have.

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Nappy disposal

To dispose of nappies at home you can usually bag them up and throw away with your general waste. As a business however, different rules and regulations apply to nappy disposal. Whatever industry you work in, it’s important you put together a waste management plan for the safe and secure disposal of nappy waste.

Nappy waste disposal classes as sanitary waste – meaning incorrect disposal could provide a threat to public health. While it’s not hazardous, nappy waste is unpleasant in sight and smell and could lead to health issues further down the line. It’s also often described as offensive, hygiene waste, or human hygiene waste.

It’s your responsibility to keep your premises safe and clean and ensure you don’t negatively impact the environment during your daily operations. Having appropriate sanitary waste bins in place to store nappy waste and arranging collection by licensed waste carriers helps ensure safe and compliant disposal.

The main two methods of nappy disposal are landfill and incineration. Sadly, most nappies end up in landfill and take hundreds of years to break down (unless they’re biodegradable nappies). Incineration can generate energy used as an alternative for fuel, but it still produces greenhouse gases. We aim to divert as much nappy waste as possible away from landfill.

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regulations in the UK

There are various nappy waste disposal regulations in the UK to ensure such waste is disposed of safely and with as little environmental impact as possible. The main two nappy waste disposal regulations your business needs to be aware of are:

  • The Environmental Protection Act 1990 – This legislation encourages employers to take responsibility to safely dispose and store all waste produced on their premises – including nappy waste. To demonstrate you’re following these regulations and protecting the environment, you must also obtain a completed duty of care certificate.
  • The Water Industries Act 1991 – In the past, many people disposed of sanitary waste by flushing it down the toilet. However, this led to numerous issues as a build-up of waste can block or damage pipes. The Waste Industries Act 1991 was put in place to ensure appropriate waste disposal methods are followed by businesses to dispose of sanitary waste including used nappies.

Nappy recycling

According to a report by the BBC, more than 187 million nappies are thrown away in the UK each year. Unfortunately, most nappy materials mean they’re hard to recycle – especially disposable nappies, of which more than three billion end up in landfill around the world. Many nappies are disposed of with general waste.

Landfill sites are a key contributor to global warming. Thankfully, there are nappy recycling and other methods to dispose of clinical and sanitary waste. For example, certain nappies can be treated at a specialist centre, making them easier to recycle. Nappy recycling is also possible for cloth nappies. After cleaning and treatment, they can go through textile recycling.

For disposable nappies that aren’t recyclable, they can be disposed of through incineration (waste for energy). At Business Waste, we treat landfills as a last resort – and work carefully alongside our partners to ensure all your waste is disposed of quickly and effectively, leaving minimal impact upon the planet. We have various plans in place to focus on nappy recycling and disposable nappy recycling.

More than three billion nappies end up in landfill around the world every year

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At Business Waste, we’re always on hand to help you put together an effective waste collection plan – whatever kind of business you operate. We’ve worked closely with various nurseries and childcare facilities around the UK to arrange safe and secure collection of nappy waste.

We’ll help you put together a waste management plan that works for your company. This includes delivery of free bins for nappy waste – you just pay for collection. Our team of experts can advise on the right nappy bins and sizes based on your needs and help you minimise waste at its source, saving you money over time.

Arrange nappy waste collection on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis at a time convenient for your business. Our nationwide network means we can collect nappy waste anywhere in the UK. One of our licensed waste carriers will come at the agreed time and remove your waste, transporting it to a nearby facility for efficient disposal.

Get a free quote for nappy waste collection for your business, whatever industry you work in. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online today. One of our friendly and expert team will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about our nappy waste collection and disposal services.

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Nappy waste

  • clinical waste bags Are nappies hazardous waste?

    No, nappies are not hazardous waste. Nappies class as non-hazardous clinical waste or sanitary waste in most cases, when businesses need to arrange collection, removal, and disposal. They’re often referred to as offensive waste too – as they normally have an unpleasant sight and smell but are not hazardous.

    Learn more about types of hazardous waste

  • clinical waste bags Can nappies go in general waste?

    At home you can put nappies in domestic general waste bins. However, for businesses it’s against the law to place any nappy waste in domestic bins. Instead, it should go in sanitary bins or non-hazardous clinical waste bags or bins for appropriate disposal. This helps avoid more nappy waste in landfill.

  • clinical waste bags How often should nappy bins be emptied?

    Regular emptying of nappy waste bins is vital to prevent an unpleasant smell and unhygienic conditions developing. It’s recommended that nappy bins are emptied at least every three days. However, you may need to empty your nappy bins more often if such waste builds up quickly or your bin is close to being full.

  • clinical waste bags Do you need a nappy bin with cloth nappies?

    Yes, as a business you still need to provide and use nappy bins for cloth nappies. Biodegradable, recyclable, and disposable nappies should all be stored in a nappy bin as they all class as sanitary and non-hazardous medical waste. Even though cloth nappies can be recycled with textiles, as a type of offensive waste they should be stored with other nappies first.

  • clinical waste bags Are nappy bins a good idea?

    Yes, for any business that provides bathroom and baby changing facilities nappy bins offer a safe and hygienic solution to store nappy waste. They make it easy to separate waste types and avoid contamination. Plus, with secure lids it’s a safe and simple way to hold nappy waste before collection and to reduce smells escaping.

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